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From the Times Herald archives

Oconto Falls Community Library

110 years ago • July 30, 1908 • Oconto Falls Herald

GILLETT: At the last meeting of the village council, P.A. Pamperin of Oconto made a proposition for the install of an electric light plant in this village. Briefly stated, he offers to put in a 500-kilometer dynamo and 15 arc lamps with all poles, wiring and everything ready for general service (outside of power) for a sum less than $2,000.

OCONTO FALLS: LOST HORSE - On Tuesday, July 28, a black horse with white mark on forehead and left hind foot white, weighs about 1,050 pounds, slim neck, strayed from Birr’s butcher shop on the west side. Any person returning the animal or giving information that will lead to its recovery will be suitably rewarded.

100 years ago • Aug 2, 1918 • Farmer Herald

OCONTO COUNTY: A new pest known as the “Leaf Hopper” has made its appearance in Wisconsin and is playing havoc with the potato crop throughout the state.

OCONTO COUNTY: The supply of sugar in the hands of the dealers in Oconto and in transit was less than 5,000 pounds, according to an inventory taken by Mr. Mooney, deputy food administrator. Beginning today, the allotment for each person is two pounds a month, and retailers are cut to half their July allotments.

90 years ago • July 26, 1928 • Gillett Times

OCONTO: Mr. and Mrs. Sorenson, and a boy, Gordon Christenson, were milking a herd of cows in the barn at the time of a storm. Gordon had just finished milking a cow at the far end of the barn when lightning struck the barn, killing the cow instantly and knocking Gordon and Mrs. Sorenson down, stunning them both.

MAPLE VALLEY: The Modern Woodman Lodges of Angelica, Gillett and Advance will hold a picnic at the County Park at North Beach.

90 years ago • July 26, 1928 • Oconto Falls Herald

OCONTO COUNTY: State Prohibition Agents conducted a series of raids in Oconto County. Soft drink parlors of Lena and Oconto Falls were visited. Intoxicating liquor was found at Oconto Falls and the Tourist Inn, Lena.

POUND: After a picnic supper at Gill Lake, Misses Emily and Pearl Krueger, Helen A. Dwyer, Mamie Dwyer and Kathryn Dwyer started driving home and encountered a large black bear on a narrow road. The girls waited in the car for the bear to leave but then found small stones to throw at the bear, scaring it away.

80 years ago • July 28, 1938 • Gillett Times

MAPLE VALLEY: Consuming a quantity of grasshopper poison caused the deaths of three young horses at the Peter Ankerson farm. The horses broke into a shed on the farm where the poison was stored in a container and ate a large portion of it.

MAPLE VALLEY: Swen Mork, 78, died Saturday morning. He was born in Norway and moved to a farm in Maple Valley about 25 years ago from Green Bay where he was a farm contractor. Survivors are his wife, four daughters, Helen, Margaret, Irene and Ruby, also three sons, Kore, Frederick and Harold.

80 years ago • July 28, 1938 • Oconto Falls Herald

KRAKOW: Delegates from Brown, Shawano and Oconto counties met at Krakow to form a new political and good fellowship group, the Tri-County Club — a nonpartisan organization of Americans of Polish descent.

OCONTO COUNTY: A stolen automobile had been abandoned in a roadside ditch not far from Kelly Lake resort. A few hours prior, a gas station at Kelly Brook was broken into and robbed. The operator of the Californian Inn said someone tried to force their way into his gas station at Abrams. Vandals or thieves attempted to burn John Duame’s filling station at Stiles Junction.

70 years ago • July 29, 1948 • Gillett Times

GILLETT: Han Hansen was granted a writ of mandamus in circuit court against Herbert Neuman, the Gillett building inspector, which ordered Neuman to issue a building permit for a slaughter house in conjunction with his cold storage building.

GILLETT: The Gillett Fire Department was called out at 2:45 Thursday morning to extinguish a fire in the drying room of the Norcor Manufacturing Co.

70 years ago • July 29, 1948 • Oconto Falls Herald

HICKORY: “Smiley” Burnette of movie and radio fame paid a surprise visit to Hickory. He was in this section of the county and went to Hickory to renew old acquaintances.

OCONTO FALLS: In preparation for the introduction of dial telephones service at Oconto Falls, dial central office equipment now is being installed in the recently completed telephone building at 200 Caldwell St.

60 years ago • July 31, 1958 • Times Herald

MOUNTAIN: Mrs. Anna Olson, who has lived in Mountain since about 1890 and saw the town when it didn’t even have a railroad, celebrated her 101st birthday. She and her husband came from Hillsand, Sweden.

GILLETT: One of the featured events of the Gillett Sportsman’s Club picnic at the fairgrounds was the greased pig contest.

GILLETT: The Mobile X-Ray unit stationed at Nelson Plywood plant, X-rayed a total of 130 persons. About 158 persons were X-rayed at the city park.

50 years ago • Aug. 1, 1968 • Times Herald

OCONTO COUNTY: The Oconto County Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution denying a pair of $25,000 claims filed against the county after an auto accident on July 23, 1967, in which Robert Lee Hensberger and Michael Payette were killed. The plaintiffs contend that a hole in the road caused a car to go out of control and crash, resulting in fatal injuries.

OCONTO: A 14-year old juvenile who escaped out of the County Court in Oconto last week was taken back into custody and was immediately taken to the Wales Schools for Boys by a member of the Oconto County Sheriff’s department.

40 years ago • July 26, 1978 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: At a special session, the Oconto Falls School Board elected Mr. William LaChappelle of Marinette to the position of high school principal.

SURING: A former postmaster for the village of Suring, John Callagham, 84, died. He taught Suring High from 1933 to 1936 when he became postmaster until his retirement in 1966.

OCONTO: Two Green Bay men face charges in Suring Municipal Court of criminal damage to property and use of firearms near a park. They were apprehended after shooting a deer in the Suring Village Park.

30 years ago • July 28, 1988 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: The Artwich Clinic Ltd. announces the association of a new physician starting on Aug. 1. Dr. Harold Garner is a specialist in internal medicine.

OCONTO FALLS: Wayne Murach is the new owner of Falls Appliances and TV.

25 years ago • July 28, 1993 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: The 1993 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Scholarship Award was presented to Louise Lochner, a teacher at Abrams Elementary School.

SURING: Jill Johnson and David Miller were united in marriage April 17 at Faith Presbyterian Church, Crivitz.

OCONTO FALLS: Ann Benson, 59, of rural Oconto Falls, died Sunday morning, July 25, at Community Memorial Hospital following a short illness.

20 years ago • July 29, 1998 • Times Herald

SURING: Gordon Jossie, 83, a resident of Woodland Village Nursing Home, died Sunday, July 19.

OCONTO FALLS: Kristen Pagel was chosen to represent Wisconsin at the Hugh O’Brien Youth 40th Anniversary World Leadership Congress in the nation’s capital this week.

10 years ago • July 30, 2008 • Times Herald

OCONTO FALLS: Wayne Damp, of Oconto Falls, received the Best of Show award at the 40th annual Arts and Crafts Fair held at the Mielke Art Center in Shawano. Damp exhibited wood carvings of fish, ducks and wood sprites.

OCONTO FALLS: The City Council met July 22 to discuss the resignation of City Administrator John Dougherty and how the city should proceed.

GILLETT: Michelle Meunier, of Gillett, received a $1,000 award from the Wells Fargo Team Members Dependent Children Scholarship Program. Meunier plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, pursuing a degree in pre-pharmacy.

Compiled by Oconto Falls Community Library staff. For more information about an entry, contact

Compiled by Oconto Falls Community Library staff.